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VISION 2022-A FARFETCHED DREAM FOR PIGG’S PEAK

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Sir,

I write to note the advancements made in the country to live up to the King’s dream of achieving first world status by the year 2022. The infrastructure is right on track; Ezulwini boasts of a hive of activity, Mbabane is also refusing to be left behind. I even spied on the Manzini proposed road interchange that will make the nightmarish drive into the hub a thing of the past.


However, the right hand seems not to know what the left is doing as there seems to be a huge gulf in development in the other municipalities. Pigg’s Peak, for one, blows both hot and cold, vacillating between the archaic past, simultaneously peeping into the future with its road works that are marvelously carried out at a great speed. Right in the centre of the town, near the police station is a five year old building that should have never been allowed to be built with the development dream in mind! The miniature structures grab prime land at ransom, setting the pace, so to speak. With only petty cash one should not have been allowed to use it for structural purposes but either donate it to Red Cross or approach the existing financial institutions for further expansion capital, using the land and petty cash for collateral.


Just below this modern slum described above is the typical ancient ‘mkhukhus’ that house the barbers, watchmakers, and probably bedrooms for some plus some vehicle tinkering next door and then residences in the mix.
The Town Council hesitantly makes inspections and sheepishly issues out certificates of compliance to some, where the bellicose threaten the officers away, especially the scrapyard owners. A few weeks earlier the Town Council inspection revealed a central town shop with a dual purpose of a bedroom by night and shop by day, not the only one by any means but the one caught with the smoking gun.


Right at the centre of the modern village Glen are the chicken farmers, swarmed by hordes of loose chickens, led by the noisy roosters which notoriously crow from the wee hours of the morning making sleep a daily nightmare. Any attempts by residents to make a small vegetable garden is thwarted by the hungry birds appetite.


Also, within the Glen residences is the age old car wash, imagine! A residential place is normally for rest, peace and tranquil, not a business hovered by strangers and thugs pretending to be customers, not to mention the din of the humming hoovers and rogue staff noises as they go about doing their business with their clients’ cars.


Now it is election time, Pigg’s Peak populace will once again have the intermittent partying sponsored by the hungry dregs of society as they use the age old trick of money, meat and beers to garner votes, and then masquerade as councilors for the next five years while the town residents dodge chicken and car washers. All thanks to the E10 million allocation to this small town by the central government.
I think it is high time the resident woke up and smelt the coffee, people must elect with their heads, choose leaders with a vision and these should be responsible citizens that share a common goal about the future.

Disappointed John


RIGHT TO REPLY


As a local authority we appreciate the concerns raised by the writer and Council’s response is as follows;
COMMENT 1 - Right in the centre of the town, near the police station is a five-year old building that should have never been allowed to be built with the development dream in mind!


ANSWER; Council is currently reviewing its’ Town Planning Scheme in the course of preparation, which consists of four interrelated documents that will ensure that development within the urban area takes place in a planned and coordinated manner.  At this stage, we are awaiting presentation of final draft of Scheme to stakeholders by consultant and thereafter it will be submitted to our parent Ministry for comments.  Once the Town Planning Scheme has been approved, it will address this concern, as raised by the writer. Additional information on this project, can be sourced from Council’s website, under Strategic initiatives.


COMMENT 2 - Just below this modern slum described above is the typical ancient ‘mkhukhus’ that house the barbers, watchmakers, and probably bedrooms for some plus some vehicle tinkering next door and then residences in the mix.


ANSWER; These uses have been in existence since time immemorial, however, the Engineering Department in February 2017, engaged the owners of the plots used by illegal mechanics, watch makers and etc, advising them to relocate these uses to the industrial site, since this area is zoned for such uses. It must be noted that during this meeting, Council and the plot owners agreed that these ‘operators’ be given eight months grace period, ending in October 2017 to relocate. Therefore, we can report that they have identified a suitable site at the industrial area where they will conduct business.


COMMENT 3 - The Town Council hesitantly makes inspections and sheepishly issues out certificates of compliance to some, where the bellicose threaten the officers away, especially the scrapyard owners. A few weeks earlier the Town Council inspection revealed a central town shop with a dual purpose of a bedroom by night and shop by day, not the only one by any means but the one caught with the smoking gun.


ANSWER; Council religiously (yearly to be precise) conducts inspections of all retail outlets or premises (stores, restaurants, butcheries and bakeries) involved in the handling and selling of food to the public around town, to ensure compliance with legislative requirements (Public Health Act, 1969 and Public Health (Food Hygiene) Regulations, 1973). This is done in order to safeguard the health of the consumers by preventing food poisoning and food-borne diseases. It is for this reason that in March 2017, the Environment and Public Health department of Pigg’s Peak Town Council, successfully concluded this exercise and as a result, those establishments which were non-compliant were closed.


COMMENT 4 - Now it is election time, Pigg’s Peak populace will once again have the intermittent partying sponsored by the hungry dregs of society as they use the age old trick of money, meat and beers to garner votes, and then masquerade as souncillors for the next five years while the town residents dodge chicken and car washers.


ANSWER; Our parent ministry has been conducting civic education over the past few months, in all the towns, as a build up to local government elections for 2017; therefore, we hope registered voters will vote for people of good standing in society, capable of making meaningful development in all the towns. Please note that the Urban Government (Elections) Regulations, 1969 state any person who engages in the corrupt practices stated by the writer, is guilty and liable for conviction.  

Mzwandile  Ndzinisa
CEO / Town Clerk



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